Welcome to BRINKguide

To make a new breed of travel guide, we deployed locals. They looked under the surface, on the margin, on the BRINK of their own cities. They are entrenched in the culture of their city and can share the secret gems in their own backyards.

Ponte's

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1783.9 KM AWAY
39 Desbrosses Street
New York, NY
Views galore at this waterfront restaurant offering classic Italian fare in Tribeca. For a more formal dining experience, eat at the upstairs restaurant where menu options include a raw bar and nightly specials, such as its own world-famous "Angry Lobster." Dress appropriately. Downstairs at Ponte's offers more casual options from pizza to antipastos and sandwiches.

Three Lives & Co.

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1783.9 KM AWAY
154 West 10th Street
New York, NY
Three Lives is an old school indie bookshop right across the street from Magnolia Bakery. If you're an experienced wanderer, used to traveling alone, then you already know what to do. For the rest of you, here's the recipe: pick up a novel, grab a cupcake or a cup of coffee, and take it easy for a spell. Better yet, you can enjoy your snack in the neighboring park!

El Rey Del Sabor

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1783.9 KM AWAY
60th St. & 3rd Avenue
New York, NY
A bit pricey, but this spicy Mexican cart is one of the most delicious food vendors in Manhattan. The owners sometimes wander around the island, but usually the cart is stationed in the Upper East Side, close enough to the southeast corner of Central Park, where you can plant your ass on the lawn and chow down. With the delicious chicken tortas and the freshest pico de gallo you’ll ever have, it's worth the extra dollar or two to visit the “king of taste.”

Calexico Carne Asada

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1783.9 KM AWAY
Wooster & Prince
New York, NY
When in SoHo, eat the street! Winner of the 2008 Vendy Award, Calexico's two Cal-Mex carts have been so successful that they've opened a restaurant in Brooklyn. Tacos, burritos, and rolled quesadillas are all delicious with their famous carne asada - charred meat surprise! There's also a black bean option for vegetarians, in addition to chicken and pork. Carb-conscious eaters can skip the tortilla and order a Burrito Bowl. The restaurant menu is more broad than the carts, but there's something for everybody at all locations. Follow 'em on Twitter for updates on daily specials and cart schedules. Carts: Monday-Friday 11:30am – 3:30 pm (Closed weekends) 1. Wooster and Prince (SoHo) - Full Menu 2. Crosby and Broome (SoHo) - Express Menu (burritos + specials) Restaurant: Tuesday-Sunday 11:30am – 10pm (Closed Mondays) 122 Union Street; Brooklyn, NY 11231 (718) 488-8226

Ziryab Mediterranean Grill

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1783.9 KM AWAY
528 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA
Hookah-yah! And a seriously amazing staff! There's a small front and back patio area, super-tasty food, and the hookah is fairly priced. A bit on the expensive side overall, but you're getting quality ingredients and tactful, impressive flavors. This is a great place for a date or for a small group. They also make super tasty cocktails, so consider yourself covered.

China Town Kites

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1783.9 KM AWAY
717 Grant Ave.
San Fracnisco, CA
A kaleidoscope of a store. Vibrantly colored kites dangle from every inch of the ceiling. Being in the store is like being inside of a rainbow. You don't even have to like flying kites - just stop on in when you're in the 'right frame of mind' and enjoy all the pretty colors.

The Beat Museum

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1783.9 KM AWAY
540 Broadway
San Francisco, CA
Home to a permanent collection of Beat artifacts, this museum is a must for any Beat fanatic (and even some of you with a passing interest). Immerse yourself in the history of the poets and travelers who defined an era and planted some real culture here in San Francisco. Curious tourists welcome!

B.A.R.T.

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1783.9 KM AWAY
market / van ness
San Francisco, CA
Bay Area Rapid Transit. San Francisco's subway system connects from SFO all the way to Dublin / Pleasanton, Pittsburgh / Bay point and all the goodies of the east bay. It's good for those jumps from city to city when you don't want to make a whole day out of driving and parking. And hey, if you're thinking of hitting up Telegraph in Berkeley, or downtown Oakland, BART might be the best way to get there since it's fairly quick, inexpensive, and easily accessible. Keep in mind, BART shuts down at some early hour, so it won't serve you well to stay at a bar till the lights come on. The hours vary, so ask an attendant if you plan on staying out late. If you are going to use it a lot, look into a day pass. It can add up fast if you don't know what you're doing.

Cozy Cafe

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1783.9 KM AWAY
43 East 1st Street (btwn 1st & 2nd Avenues)
New York, NY
East Village Hookah bar with middle-eastern food. The drink menu provides choices, with offerings of beer, wine, champagne, tea, coffee and even non-alcoholic cocktails. Music videos are up on flat-screen displays, and there's a covered backyard area for a smoke-free social environment. Hookahs can be served with a fresh fruit base of pineapple, melon or apple. Enjoy the ritual, the people, the flavor, and the atmosphere. Great for groups. Private parties welcome.

Osteria da Mariano

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1783.9 KM AWAY
vicolo Zuccolà, 9
Siracusa, SR
Ortigia, the ancient section of Siracusa, is where you'll find Osteria da Mariano. Expect to find traditional Sicilian cuisine, which is to say, expect to eat some damned good food. They serve specialties like cavatelli, fresh ricotta, pork, ravioli, and "torrone," a type of nougat confection. This is no time to worry about your waist-line, my fellow travelers; abandon all hope and open wide.

Vesuvio

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1783.9 KM AWAY
255 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA
Vesuvio, a famous saloon in North Beach, has been a place for jazz, poetry, and art since 1948. It was a hangout for Jack Kerouac and the beat generation. Slide up to the old world bar with huge mahogany counter-tops. Or climb the steep staircase for a view of the North Beach streets. In addition to a full bar service you can try the eco-friendly cocktails and organic wine coolers. On the walls, you'll find paintings by Alfred E. O’Shaughnessy. Vesuvio hosts art shows in the alley.

Apple Store (SoHo)

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1783.9 KM AWAY
103 Prince Street
New York, NY
Even if you are a PC, forget about the blue screens and viruses for a moment; you can still suck it up and take a look at the wares here in SoHo. The amphitheater features free lectures with filmmakers, authors, musicians, and actors on a regular basis, which is kind of a cool diversion, and interesting, too, considering the venue. This, of course, is all in addition to the daily free classes on Mac products.

Osaka Sushi

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1783.9 KM AWAY
460 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA
Osaka sushi always satisfies. For really low prices you'll get decent and fresh sushi. This will definitely be one of your go-to spots for a taste of the ole' raw fish. Don't expect totally amazing shit at these prices (especially by way of the service), but expect to be satisfied. Don't miss the happy hour; sake and beer are so reasonable you'll order too much.

Le Pain Quotidien

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1783.9 KM AWAY
10 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY
Although part of a massive worldwide Patisserie/Cafe chain, this cute little outpost in Greenwich Village is ideal for the NYU community. Not only is it right near Washington Square Park, but it's also right outside the hustle and bustle of college life, making it a chill, removed spot without being too far from campus. Everything they serve is presented elegantly, and nothing they serve is too big. A chain that finally embraces organic ingredients! A little pricey but definitely a classy spot.

Paradise Restaurant

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1783.9 KM AWAY
Pocket 1, 14A, Dilshad Garden, Delhi
Delhi, DL
You know what's paradise? The paneer pokaras served at this place. Good family vibes and both Indian and Southern Indian cuisine makes this place the right choice for a nice meal.

Hotel Nataraj

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1783.9 KM AWAY
1750, Chitra Gupta Road, Chuna Mandi, Pahar Ganj
Delhi, NEW DELHI
This hotel has everything you could want or need after a day of traversing the city. With wi-fi, a fitness center and a on site restaurant it is a wonder why you would ever leave.

Hector's Shoe Repair

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1783.9 KM AWAY
11 Greenwich Avenue
New York, NY
Quick, reliable service, with fair prices, too. Most jobs can be done on the spot or overnight. This is the place to go for cheap repairs or to have your favorite pair of city-worn boots spiffed up or fit to size!

China Trade Center Art Gallery

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1783.9 KM AWAY
838 Grant. Ave.
San Fracnisco, CA
China Trade Center features artwork from a variety of Asian artists, for both viewing and purchase. Get great deals on art supplies, too. The giant Chinese Dragon dangling through the stairwell can’t be missed - it's so realistic, you’d almost think it was alive.

Port O' Leith Bar

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1783.9 KM AWAY
58 Constitution Street
Edinburgh,
A no-frills Edinburgh institution full of rowdy drinkers and great banter. It's a bit of a dive, but that adds to the raucous atmosphere of this old sailors' pub. There's always a bit of tension, so keep your nose clean unless you want an ass-kickin' to finish things off for the night! Great weekend DJ's and a proper sing-song at closing time, too! Cheap drinks and fast service.

Dempsey's Pub

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1783.9 KM AWAY
61 2nd Avenue (between 3rd & 4th Streets)
New York, NY
Dempsey's is a 2-story Irish bar and restaurant that always has something going on: Tuesday features a Traditional Irish Music Session, Wednesday is trivia night, and Thursday is Ladies' Night. The pub serves standard bar food and brunch, while billiards, darts, music and sports on TVs are there to keep you entertained. Open daily, noon 'til 3:30am. Outdoor seating available.

Costumes on Haight

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1783.9 KM AWAY
735 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA
Especially around Halloween time, this place is bananas. They carry any wig you could possibly need, any type of plastic weapon for any ninja or pirate, robes, tights, and all the accessories you could dream of. The staff are a little aloof and the place smells like a plastic factory took a shit, but hey, the selection is almost eBay status.

Kashmiri Gate

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1783.9 KM AWAY
Neat Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT), Kashmiri Gate
New Delhi,
At one time there was part of north Delhi that was walled and 14 gates were built to protest the area within those walls, Kashmiri Gate is one of those original gates that were built in 1835. This historic monument is situated right next to the modern looking metro station, bringing major contrast to the area. This gate was ambushed by Indian freedom fighters during the first uprising in 1857 forcing Britishers to settle in a neighboring area called Civil Lines.